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To the Rising Generation: Addresses Given to Children and Young Adults (Edwards)

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Soli Deo Gloria Publications


This compilation of sermons by the great Jonathan Edwards contains fourteen sermons, nine of which have never been published. Years before the Great Awakening, Edwards had been telling children and youth to seek salvation. By the end of his tenure at his church in Northampton, he had delivered thirty sermons addressing children and young adults. Also included is a list of Bible Questions for the Children of Northampton that Edwards expected his young people to know – some of which would prove difficult for today’s seminarians.

Table of Contents: 

  1. Early Piety Is Especially Acceptable to God - 2 Chronicles 34:2-3
  2. The Sudden Death of Children - 2 Kings 4:18-20
  3. The Time of Youth Is the Best Time to Be Improved for Religious Purposes - Ecclessiastes 12:1
  4. The Sins of Youth Go With Them to Eternity - Job 20:11
  5. The Most Direct Way to Happiness - Proverbs 24:13-14
  6. God Is Very Angry at the Sins of Children - 2 Kings 2:23-24
  7. Children Ought to Love the Lord Jesus Christ above All Things in this World - Matthew 10:37
  8. Corrupt Communication - Ephesians 4:29
  9. A Flower Cut Down - Job 14:2
  10. Don’t Lead Others into Sin - 1 Corinthians 8:13 
  11. A Lovely and Pleasant Sight - Psalm 144:12
  12. The Awful Death of Unclean Youth - Job 36:14
  13. The Danger of Sinful Mirth - Ecclesiastes 7:6
  14. A Letter to a Young Convert
  15. Bible Questions for the Children of Northampton


Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) served the Northampton Congregational Church in Massachusetts for twenty-three years, then missionary outpost to the Mohawk and Mohican tribes. In 1758, he became president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Edwards "is widely acknowledged to be America's most important and original philosophical theologian," and one of America's greatest intellectuals.